Museo Atlantico Lanzarote
Playa Blanca has a unique new dive site: the Museo Atlántico. Here divers can visit the only underwater museum in Europe. Artist Jason deCaires Taylor is known for his underwater creations. He was behind the world's first underwater sculpture park, off Grenada in the Caribbean and a submerged museum off the coast of Cancún, Mexico.
Sculptures of the Museo Atlántico
The Museo Atlántico will be built in several phases. The first phase is now complete and consists of six different parts. There is the Rubicon, a group of 35 human figures who are all facing the same direction. The models used for these sculptures are Lanzarote residents. You can also see the famous Raft of Lampedusa, a reference to the current refugee crisis. The third component is a group of children in little brass boats, called Los Jolateros. Also there are several hybrid sculptures (half human, half cactus) depicting the merging of nature and humanity, existing together in harmony. The sculptures of a couple taking a selfie and some photographers refer to the use of new technology in our modern society.
When complete the Museo Atlántico will comprise 10 separate large-scale installations and more than 300 individual sculptures, designed to create a marine habitat for endemic species. The collection of statues will be situated in a sheltered area near Coloradas, Playa Blanca at a depth of 12 to 15 metres. The material used to create these underwater figures is harmless to the environment and designed to create an artificial reef encouraging marine life to flourish in the area. Visitors will be able to dive and snorkel among the sculptures– a magical experience!
For divers and snorkelers
For non divers
For people who do not have a dive license we have a special program to visit the Museo Atlántico. This program consists of 1 try dive, a pool session to learn a few dive skills and a boat dive to Museo Atlántico. For the first dive we explain the theory and you will do a dive from the shore together with an instructor. You are not allowed to go deeper than 6 meters on the first dive. After the pool session you are allowed to do a second dive to 12 meters of depth max. The Museo is at 15 meters so we can organise a dive there with a private guide to keep you at 12 meters. The total price for the two dives, the pool session and the entrance fee to the Museo is 155 euro per person.